North East Lincolnshire Medics Target Utrecht

North East Lincolnshire medics are to visit The Netherlands next month hoping to encourage Dutch doctors to take up exciting opportunities in our area.

The local NHS is offering a limited number of supported employment opportunities for newly qualified or experienced GPs seeking a new working environment or who wish to enhance their careers.

A team that includes both UK and Dutch GPs who are already working in the area will be on hand at the Park Plaza Hotel, Westplein 50, Utrecht for three days from Tuesday 16th June. The planned visit has been covered in local media in Utrecht.

Here in the UK we pride ourselves on our NHS and the important role Primary Care and Community Services play to ensure high quality services are delivered to our patients.

There are 30 GP practices in North East Lincolnshire which has a population of 170,000 people. North East Lincolnshire has invested in Primary Care facilities and boasts a number of modern, purpose built Primary Care Centres where GP practices work alongside other provided services provided in the community. A number of our GPs also have speciality areas which means services such as Dermatology, ENT and Colorectal that would usually only be found in hospitals are delivered in General Practice.

Dr David Pearson, Director of the Academy of Primary Care at the Hull York Medical School (HYMS), and a GP in the region, will be joining this friendly Utrecht “invasion”:

"We are proud to be working with North East Lincolnshire CCG to support the recruitment of GPs into our region,” said Dr Pearson. “The Hull York Medical School was established in 2003 to help support health care and our students benefit from having 33% of their teaching in the community - including in many GP Practices in North and East Lincolnshire. HYMS offers opportunities for teaching but also supports professional development for local doctors and has a variety of research projects in community settings. I would be delighted to talk further about these opportunities when I join the team visiting The Netherlands in June 2015. Strong links with the local medical school are just one reason we are sure you will love the jobs we are offering. Do come and join us!"

Dr Natalie Dukes-Wiesenhaan did her General Practice training in North East Lincolnshire and has worked as a GP here for eight years.

For Dr Dukes-Wiesenhaan, the attraction is obvious. “There are lots of reasons for this including the ongoing superb clinical support like annual appraisal and the young practitioners group (Grimsby Docs); the ability to have a say in the local care strategy development through the CCG; having the choice to participate in affiliated roles (teaching Hull and York Medical School students and GP registrars, GP-appraisal and GP Out-of-Hours,” she explains. “Because the quality of day-to-day life in North-East Lincolnshire is so good, being and staying here has been truly fulfilling and I can strongly recommend it to anyone.

“My family use the transport links from Humberside airport to Schiphol (45 minutes!) a lot, as do our frequent Dutch visitors. My husband often travels abroad for work and uses this convenient link. The overnight car ferry connection from Hull to Rotterdam has also come in handy for friends bringing bikes to explore the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside, it’s a definite hidden gem! Brace yourselves for some hills rather than the Dutch flat cycle lanes though. The Lincolnshire weather is like in Holland, ‘it always rains in England’ doesn’t apply here, sunny summers and some snow in winter.”

To find out more about the visit or to book an appointment to talk to the team, please visit: or call Dawn Wood at the Hull York Medical School on 0044 1482 463309.

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